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    Annual Review

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    4 Chairman’s Report

    6 Furniture Review 2013

    7 Desk and Chair

    8 Hall Table

    10 ‘Ski’ Desk

    12 Candlesticks

    12 Lamp Table

    12 Cufflink Box

    12 Coffee Table

    12 Coat Stand

    13 Hall Chair

    14 Library Steps

    14 Chairs

    15 Collector’s Cabinet

    16 Extending Dining Table

    18 ‘Treasure’ Chest

    20 Rocking Chair

    22 Bookcase

    24 People in 2013

    26 Workshop Review

    28 The Year Ahead

    30 Educational Trust Profile

    33 Past Trainees

    34 Educational Trust Appeal


    Review 2013

    Edward Barnsley (centre c. 1933)

    Furniture makers since 1923

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    Most furniture created in the Barnsley Workshop is made to order. Our work is as diverse as our clients’ requirements so, instead of producing a brochure of standard pieces, we publish an annual review of the work carried out in the workshop over the previous year. The Review also explains the work of the Edward Barnsley Educational Trust.

    Throughout his working life Edward Barnsley (1900-1987) was a furniture maker who sought to uphold and develop the values of the Arts and Crafts Movement. His father, Sidney Barnsley, was inspired by the ideas of William Morris and worked in the Cotswolds as an influential furniture maker. Edward Barnsley was educated at Bedales School. In 1920 he assisted Geoffrey Lupton in the construction of the Bedales Library. Edward Barnsley took over Lupton’s Froxfield workshop in 1923 and, helped by a group of loyal craftsmen, spent his life making furniture to commission. It was sometimes a financial struggle but he established a workshop that continues today to produce furniture made to the highest standards.

    Not only did Edward Barnsley want his clients to take pleasure using the furniture he made for them, he also wanted his craftsmen to be fulfilled by using their skills to make furniture of the highest quality. He showed a way for a contemporary workshop to make furniture in the spirit of the Arts and Crafts ideals.

    Edward Barnsley was particularly fond of these lines by D. H. Lawrence:


    Things men have made with wakened hands, And put soft life into Are awake through years with transferred touch And go on glowing for long years. And for this reason some old things are lovely Warm still with the life of forgotten men who made them.

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    Chairman’s Report

    Firstly, I would like to draw attention to a significant anniversary

    for our workshop. This year, it is ninety years since Geoffrey Lupton decided to offer his workshop and business to a young Edward Barnsley.

    Through my own business, Morgan Furniture, I have an interest in the furniture industry as a whole and I am keen to contribute to shaping its vision for the future, particularly through training. The Edward Barnsley Educational Trust’s apprentice training scheme sets a wonderful example and it continues to develop and evolve. 2013 saw the introduction of short time-trial projects to act as benchmark tests for the foundation apprentices. This has proved very beneficial in building the apprentices’ confidence and encourages their efficient working. Our plan to safeguard the future of our timber sheds from the danger of landslip has developed further. We are now working on a scheme that will upgrade and improve all the workshop buildings. One key aim of this plan is to improve the accessibility and interpretation of our archive to visitors. We have seen a marked increase in the number of organized group visits to the workshop. Our workshop tours are extremely popular with special interest groups, such as NADFAS and the Art Fund. This shows me there is a wide appreciation of well-designed and well- crafted furniture and how important it is to pass on these skills to a new generation.

    Rodney McMahon

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    Furniture Review 2013

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    Desk and Chair Designed by James Ryan. The desk in solid oak and pippy oak veneer with brown oak inlay was made by Will Church. The chair was made by Joe Orchard.

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    Hall Table Our clients provided us with the timber from a walnut tree that came down on their farm. They were very keen that the wood should be used to make a piece of furniture for their house. The walnut is beautifully figured, but it was a challenge to select enough wood to make the piece. The holly for the inlay also came from the clients’ woodland. Designed by James Ryan and made by Joe Orchard.

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    ‘Ski’ Desk This desk was made for a client who wanted James to work into the design a reference to his love of skiing. James achieved this on the legs by suggesting the profile of a ski. The cable tidy in the centre of the top is inspired by the shape of the basket on the end of a ski pole. The top of the desk has a star-burst pattern in macassar ebony. Other timbers used on this piece were walnut, sycamore and bog oak. Made by Chris Wallis.

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    Hall Chair This chair incorporates a marquetry version of the client’s family coat of arms inlaid in the back. Designed by James Ryan and made in walnut with sycamore stringing by Tom Keogh.

    Opposite Page Clockwise from top left: Candlesticks in oak made by Andrew Marsh Lamp table in walnut made by Andrew Marsh Cuff-link box in rippled sycamore and oak made by Paulo de Vasconcelos Coffee table in pippy oak made by Tom Keogh Coat stand in oak and bog oak made by Tom Keogh

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    Chairs All three made by Jouni Heikkinen. The two side chairs in olive ash were designed by James Ryan. The centre carver chair in walnut is an Edward Barnsley design.

    Library Steps This is the Mark III version of our popular library steps. Designed by James Ryan and made by Will Chuch in fumed oak.

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    Collector’s Cabinet Designed to display a collection of “Vesta” match cases. A special feature is that all six drawers are interchangeable and can be easily swapped around to display different contents in the illuminated and glazed upper section of the cabinet. Designed by James Ryan and made by Will Church in cherry and sycamore.

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    Extending Dining Table A key requirement of this table was that the extending mechanism could be effortlessly operated by one person. We used high quality runners and custom-made fittings to achieve a very light and precise movement. This table was designed by James Ryan and made by Chris Wallis in walnut with sycamore inlay.

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    ‘Treasure’ Chest This box has a hidden lock, which adds some mystery to the design. Designed by James Ryan and made by Joe Orchard in pippy yew, bog oak and rippled sycamore.

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    Rocking Chair For a rocking chair to work well it needs to be comfortable. To achieve this James Ryan based the back of this new rocking chair on the deeply-curved and supportive profile used on our popular ‘Bow’ chair. With its even black finish and smooth joints this new chair looks as though it might have been sculpted from one large block of wood. In fact, it is made from many pieces of oak skilfully carved by Jouni Heikkinen. He gave the completed chair its open- grained black finish by scorching it with a heat gun and scrubbing it with a wire brush.

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    Bookcase We were asked to design this piece to organise and store Steep Church’s hymn books. Designed by James Ryan and made in oak by Paulo de Vasconcelos.

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    All Saints’ Church, Steep Over the years the Barnsley Workshop has made a number of pieces for Steep Church. This page, clockwise from top left: Oak Stallboard 1935 Same Stallboard 2013 Entrance Doors Organ Screen c. 1954 Cabinet for Memorial Book c. 1990

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    People in 2013

    James Ryan Designer-Manager

    Robin Hasslacher Treasurer

    Stephen Rock Craftsman-Tutor

    Joe Orchard Senior Craftsman

    Chris Wallis Craftsman

    Harriet Wood Work Experience Student

    Gary Ferguson Pupil

    Abbie Adams Bedales Scholarship Student

    Jouni Heikkinen Pupil from Finland

    Pupils and Work Experience Placements


    Paulo de Vasconcelos Second-Year Apprentice

    Andrew Marsh Second-Year Apprentice

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    Tom Keogh Apprentice Tom spent two years with us in the Workshop. During his time he became a very skilled furniture maker. He has moved on to employment in a prestigious workshop.

    Will Church Apprentice Will has been with us for three years. He has been an important member of the team. We are pleased his training with us has enabled him to find a good job in a good furniture workshop.

    Danny Humphreys Foundation Apprentice Danny joined the Workshop in September. He came to us having completed two years at the Building Crafts College in East London, where he studied cabinet-making.

    David Williams Foundation Apprentice David joined us in September from Moulton College where he studied furniture-making for three years.

    Gilly Anderson Trust Secretary Gilly joined the Trust in 2006 and quickly became a key person. She has inf